In this lesson students will develop both their descriptive writing and critical reading skills. Students will also deepen their understanding of descriptive writing techniques by creating an interactive lapbook or interactive notebook page. This lapbook will also serve as the final presentation tool for the writing assignment. The original monster and descriptive paragraph are surrounded by classmates’ drawings of the originals. We have found that this assignment is especially impressive to parents as it is not only visually stimulating, but also provides concrete evidence of their child’s ability to capture a picture in words.
This assignment is a favorite with students, too! To begin the assignment, students design an original monster and write a descriptive paragraph about the monster’s physical features and overall appearance. Once the student has revised his or her piece, a classmate will be given the descriptive paragraph and will try to draw the monster based on the information provided in the descriptive paragraph. The completed drawings are returned to the writer, so he or she can compare the classmate’s drawing with the original. Because the assignment is so visual, students literally “see” the missing descriptive elements in their paragraphs. And, they begin to understand the importance of adding detail to writing pieces, so the reader can see or visualize the same picture as the one in the writer’s mind. It is one of are all-time favorite assignments, and we hope it becomes one of yours!
Included in this resource:
Table of Contents
Connection to Common Core Standards
Photo of Completed Lapbook
Monsters Writing Assignment Graphic Organizer
Descriptive writing techniques flapbook
Descriptive writing technique definition cards
Template for Final Monster Paragraph
Picture Frames for Monsters
Sample Monsters Paragraph
Lapbook Pieces (Color Option)
Editable Paragraph Form